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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I grew up in the California Bay Area and received my B.S. degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During that time, I spent a year abroad living in Leeds, England. After graduation, I took a year off to work as an intern at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, learning more about hydrogeology and performing laboratory experiments and some basic computer modeling on groundwater remediation strategies. I continued with my education, graduating from the Colorado School of Mines with an M.S. in Geology, focusing on economic geology. My graduate project was delineating a copper-gold exploration target in Chile. During my graduate degree, I worked at the campus computing center. Supporting computer systems and programs was a new experience for me, and I found that I really enjoyed helping the students use computers and solve problems. I was excited when a position opened at Golden Software, allowing me to tie my knowledge of geology with my desire to solve problems and help users. I began working at Golden Software in 2000, and am currently the Surfer product manager. My family (including our cat, dog, hamster and fish) and I call Nevada our home and enjoy camping, biking, hiking and traveling.


Creating Contour and 3D Maps With Surfer from Downloaded Images

One of the new features in the Surfer mapping software that hasn’t gotten a lot of mention is the ability to download imagery as grids. Most of you may know that Surfer can connect directly to WMS servers and download georeferenced images directly into your maps as base layers. You can download aerial photographs, orthoimagery, shaded topographic images, scanned USGS maps, images showing geological bedrock, etc.  However, did you know you can also download imagery as grid files and use them to create contours or other grid-based maps?

You can download images as grids from WMS servers using either the Grid | Grid from Server command, or by clicking the Download button in the Open Grid dialog when creating a grid-based map. The difference is that the Grid | Grid from Server command downloads the image as a grid file directly to your hard drive so you can use it later on (e.g. for blanking) or in multiple maps.

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